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Reverse Wave

Foxtrot Reverse Wave

The Reverse Wave is a Silver Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF fwd
Facing LOD
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise e/o 1

2
Q
RF to side
Backing Wall
T
1/4 between 1-2
L
Up
3
Q
LF back
Backing DW
TH 1/8 between 2-3
L

Up. Lower e/o 3

4
S RF back
Backing DW TH
start to turn L
S CBM --

5 Q LF back
Curving towards LOD
T 1/8 between 4-6 R

Rise e/o 5
 
6 RF back
Backing LOD
TH -- R

Up. Lower e/o 6  
7 S LF back Backing LOD
TH
start to turn to R S CBM --  
8 S RF to side small step (Heel Pull)
Facing DC
H, IE of foot, whole foot then IE of LF
3/8 between 7-8
L

--
 
9 S
LF fwd
Facing DC H
Body turn to L
S
CBM --
 

Special Note -- Although the rise is taken from the T of LF on step 5, when the RF starts to move back for step 6 the R Heel must be in contact with the floor.

Note -- There are five alignments of the Reverse Wave

  1. Facing LOD 3/8 between 1-3, 1/8 between 4-6, 3/8 between 7-8 (or less at corner)
  2. Facing LOD 3/8 between 1-3, 1/4 between 4-6 to back DW of new LOD, 1/4 between 7-8
  3. Facing DW 1/2 between 1-3, then continue as in alignment (1)
  4. Facing DW 1/2 between 1-3, then continue as in alignment (2)
  5. Facing DC 3/8 between 1-3, 1/4 between 4-6 to back the new LOD, 3/8 between 7-8.
    Alignments 2,4, and 5 are used to turn a corner.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF back
Backing LOD
TH
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise slightly e/o 1, NFR

2
Q
LF closes to RF (Heel Turn)
Facing DW
HT
3/8 between 1-2
R
continue to rise on 2

3
Q
RF fwd
Facing DW
TH
--
R

Up. Lower e/o 3

4 S LF fwd
Facing DW (moving to wall) H
start to turn L
S CBM --

5 RF fwd Curving towards LOD
HT
1/8 between 4-6
L

Rise e/o 5
 
6 Q LF fwd Facing LOD
TH -- L

Up. Lower e/o 6  
7 S RF fwd Facing LOD HT start to turn R
S CBM --  
8 S LF to side
Backing DC TH, then IE of T of RF
3/8 between 7-8
R

--  
9 S
RF back having brushed to LF
Backing DC
T Body turn to L
S
CBM --